January 2016 issue no. 256
On Sale: November 24, 2015
Subscribers should receive this issue by November 16th.
On the Cover:
Flawless trim upgrade step-by-step
Kitchens & Baths 2015:
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|FLAWLESS TWO-PIECE BASEBOARD
If you dial in your measurements and fine-tune your cuts, you won’t need the painter to make your work look good
|DETAILING WALLS WITH RIGID FOAM
Navigating the challenges of exterior insulation isn’t the nightmare you might think it is
|REINVENTING THE FARMHOUSE
An architect uses the site itself to guide his take on a traditional style
|GUIDE TO GAS FIREPLACES
An industry veteran explains how to get the right gas fireplace for your home
|THE PRECUT PORCH
A detailed SketchUp model and cutlist allow much of this portico’s prep work to be done in the shop
|TOOL TEST: HAMMER DRILLS AND IMPACT DRIVERS
The tools in these brushless combo kits work hard and run for a long time between charges
|BUILD A HIGH-PERFORMANCE EXTERIOR DOOR
This beautiful door is ideally suited to energy-efficient homes and can be made with common building materials
SketchUp File: Download the free SketchUp model for this exterior door.
|PERFECT ROOF RAFTERS
Focus your efforts on the pattern rafter, and the rest of the roof falls into place easily
Video: Behind the Scenes with Fine Homebuilding: Join Project House host Justin Fink for a behind the scenes look at how the articles you see in Fine Homebuilding are developed and photographed on the jobsite.
|IS SOLAR THE SOLUTION?
Solar panels might be a wise investment in light of a generous federal tax credit set to expire by 2017
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|HOW IT WORKS
Online extra: Slideshow: All About Ice Dams
|TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Drywall-Bucket Door Rest
Reinforcd Valley-Rafter Shingles
Removing Fence Boards
A Site-Made Saw Guide for Cutitng Vinyl
|TOOLS & MATERIALS
Easy rain screen
Sweet tile tools
Top-shelf top loader
The best connector nailer
|WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Resilient Flooring: Linoleum vs. Vinyl
Project Gallery: View or post your own projects here
|ASK THE EXPERTS
Attaching a deck
Cape dormer eave
Is sheathing structural?
Insulating Unvented Roof Assemblies
Using a Drywall Router
Charlie Myers: Vo-tech teacher
Web Extra: Extended interview